Jebel Ali: A Port Town

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Hatem Abou-Reeda

JEBEL ALI RESEARCH

Jebel Ali is a port town located 35 kilometers southwest of the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The village has a thriving expatriate community with over 300 residents.

Port Jebel Ali was constructed in the late 1970s to supplement the facilities at Port Rashid. The village of Jebel Ali was constructed for port workers. Covering over 134 square kilometers (52 sq mi), Port Jebel Ali is the biggest man-made harbor in the world and the biggest Middle East port.

Port Jebel Ali covers over one million square meters of container yard. It also contains space for medium- and long-term general cargo storage, including seven Dutch barns with a total of almost 19 thousand square meters and 12 covered sheds covering with 90.5 square meters. Port Jebel Ali also consists of 960 thousand square meters of open storage.

Jebel Ali is home to over five thousand companies from 120 countries of the world .With 67 berths. Jebel Ali Port was ranked 7th in the world’s largest ports in 2007. Jebel Ali port is managed by state-owned Dubai Ports World.

Jebel Ali Port have been ranked as 9th in Top Container Port Worldwide having handled 7.62 million TEUs in 2005, which represents a 19% increase in throughput, over 2004.

The expansion of Jebel Ali port commenced in 2001, which is the master plan of the port. The stage one was completed in 2007, which has increased the storage and handling capacity by 2.2 million TEUs and a Quay length of 1,200m.The entire project includes 2.4 kilometers of new berths.

The Palm Jebel Ali is an artificial archipelago in Dubai, United Arab Emirates which began construction in October 2002, was originally planned to be completed by mid 2008 and has been on hold since.

The port of Jebel Ali has become the port most frequently visited by ships of the United States Navy outside the United States.

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